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Saudi Sisters Escape to Georgia and Plead for Asylum on Twitter


According to the Kingdom’s male guardian laws, women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to travel without permission from a male family member. Thanks to a secret online network of dissident women, the sisters found a workaround to get out of the Kingdom.

The girls stole their father’s phone and signed into the Saudi government-backed “woman-tracking” application called Absher. From there, they reset the password and then granted themselves permission to leave the country. The girls won’t say where they got their passports.

The controversial app is provided by both Google and Apple. Absher allows a Saudi man to do things like order passports or government documents online. The app also will send male users SMS alerts when their female presents a passport at any border, in case the female tries to flee without permission.

Basically, this allows a man to track his women’s movements. Remember those 1,000 women a year who escape? This is how Saudi men intend stop them.

According to TIME, “The app allows male users to log the information of their dependents and to grant or revoke permission for them to travel at the click of a button.”

Ah yes. American tech companies. Companies run by a bunch of amoral jackals for whom there is nothing they won’t stoop to if it will make them a dollar.

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lotlizard's picture

so it looks bad when they go along with directly implementing a particularly odious provision of Saudi law and custom.

But every foreign government agency or business that trades with or operates in Saudi Arabia does so strictly on the Saudis’ terms, thereby becoming complicit in propping up the system there.

The Saudis have amassed so much wealth and power under Anglo-American protection that they can pretty much dictate conditions to anyone seeking to do business with them.

Western elites could do something to change this, but won’t. Instead of any much-ballyhooed liberalizing trend, lately it seems the absolute top-down centralized power of the Saudis sets the example that Western billionaires aspire to emulate — not the other way around.

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detroitmechworks's picture

We are not Proud.

/snark (H/T To Douglas Adams)

I'm sure that Google and Apple will tell us that if we WANT women's equality all we have to do is create a country where they can sell it to us.

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